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    • 3-6 hours a week, 10 weeks long
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This Course

In this course, you will learn such concepts as oil and gas production, reservoir energy and forces, petroleum deposit drainage, development systems, well operation techniques and much more. Each participant in the course will develop an understanding of field life cycle and interdisciplinary approach to petroleum field development and operation. Throughout the course, we will address the following topical areas: • History of oil and gas application, international petroleum reserves. • Fundamentals of Petroleum Geology: rock cycle; oil, gas and water deposits; oil and gas composition; oil generation; prospecting for oil and gas fields. • Major exploration techniques, seismic methods, well testing; basics of reservoir engineering and modelling. • Basics of well drilling and production. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the petroleum industry is welcome to join this introductory course. More specific groups include: • High school students planning a career, and their parents. • Graduates holding BSc or Engineering degrees looking for further training options. • Petroleum company employees with a non-petroleum educational background who are not involved directly in field exploration and development (finance, marketing, management, HR, etc.) but require general understanding of petroleum industry.

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Hello and welcome back. Today, we’ll start talking about reservoir engineering. We have this quite in oil field is great, but it’s just the beginning. First thing, we need to do is to estimate how much hydrocarbons are in place and how much are carbon? We also need to know the quality of these reserves, and find a way to transport hydrocarbon safely to our processing plant or towards the terminal. In other words, we need to find out whether our discoveries are economical, if so, we decide on drilling mobiles, and equipping them with production equipment. To estimate reserves, we need to know the area of the field, thickness of oil situated formation, the porosity, and permeability. The product of these parameters divide this so called in place results. As we multiply this value by all recovery factor, which is the percentage of the hydrocarbons in place that can be recovered economically, we will get our recover results. Then a team of geologists, petrophysicists, engineers and economists shall decide whether it will be viable to start commercial development on the field and which methods should be used. Petroleum engineers coordinate the effort of this multidisciplinarity, they get the information from geologists, petrophysicists, and other exploration experts, process and interpret this data and convey the results to economists, service facilities engineer, etc. Geologists bringing to the table structural maps, geological sections, facial analysis results, description of course, and thin sections, very thin slices of rocks. Petrophysicists bring information on rock, and fluid properties, and their thickness, etc. Well testing results also can give us information on weather geometry and properties. Yet the accuracy was to under depend on how accurate we were while measuring pressures and production rates. There exist special software that you can put all the exploration data you have, and it will help you build that three-dimensional model of your field, simulate fluid flow in the reservoir, and make predictions regarding future development on the field. With such a model, reservoir engineers can predict oil and gas production, and select the best few development scenario. Then, they put together a field development project and other acquired documents. Based on these documents, the company will decide whether they should move on with the project. Reservoir engineers built models using special software, analyzed field development process, suggest possible enhanced recovery solutions. That was a brief introduction into a Reservoir Engineering. In our next video, we’ll talk about the life cycle of an oil field. See you.

Short course

Reservoir Engineering

Develop the specialist skills you need to succeed as a reservoir engineer with this focused and flexible online short course.

Key info

Learning modeOnlineStudy levelPostgraduateCredits15 What are credits?Duration11 weeks plus assessmentTime commitment10 – 15 hours per weekStart date                                      19 September 2022                                                                          23 January 2023                                                                 COST£1,170

Learn the fundamentals of fluid flow and how to predict reservoir performance with our Reservoir Engineering course.

Reservoir engineering plays a vital role in the offshore oil and gas industry. It allows us to assess the scale of oil and gas deposits, and maximise the economic return from safely extracting them.

Join our online Reservoir Engineering course and learn to:

  • evaluate subsurface hydrocarbon reservoirs
  • contribute to planning, simulations and modelling of real-world assets.

Train with experienced offshore engineers and a university at the heart of the UK energy sector. Access our expertise wherever you’re based, with no need for a visa. And enjoy flexible part-time hours that fit around full-time work.

Who is this course for?

Our online Reservoir Engineering course is ideal if you’re:

  • a graduate engineer looking to convert from another engineering discipline
  • a current petroleum engineer or manager looking to enhance your statistical and computational knowledge and skills.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards either of these MSc qualifications.

What you’ll study

You’ll learn to use the latest computational techniques applied by industry to handle advanced reservoir engineering problems.

You’ll cover the following areas:

  • Reservoir rock and fluid properties
  • Fluid flow in porous media
  • Reservoir drive mechanisms and material balance equations (MBEs)
  • Aquifers and water influx calculations

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Describe hydrocarbon compositions and reservoir phase behaviour.
  • Assess the economic potential of hydrocarbon reservoirs.
  • Measure pressure regimes, fluid gradients and surface tension.
  • Explain secondary oil recovery and fractional flow theory.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning Reservoir Engineering course is delivered flexibly online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

Part of our MSc Oil and Gas Engineering and MSc Petroleum Engineering, this course is taught at Masters level.

Your training is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • online lectures
  • virtual labs
  • videos and slide shows
  • projects
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from experienced engineers who have worked at high levels in industry, and experts from major companies operating in the offshore sector.

Industry input

Your course also benefits from direct industry input via an Industry Advisory Board. It constantly reviews your course content to ensure you gain the latest knowledge and are up to speed with emerging trends, technologies and career opportunities.


This course usually combines online assessment with a written exam that you attend in person. However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place in 2021.

For the September 2021 run of this course, we’ll use alternative online assessments. You will not have an in-person exam.

From the January 2022 academic year onwards, we’re planning to reintroduce in-person exams. When exams are reintroduced, you’ll be assessed via a mix of online assessments and a final written, in-person exam. We can help you find an exam centre in your area for this exam.

We’ll keep you updated as to assessment methods well in advance of any changes to this.Study hours

The course totals approximately 150 hours of study and assessment time. That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week.

This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.

You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.

Activities at fixed times

There may be some activities scheduled for fixed times, such as assessments with deadlines or online meetings with your tutor. But otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience.Support

Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors via email, discussion board, Skype or phone. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.

We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:

Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.

Your course coordinator

Dr Yingfang Zhou

Yingfang is a lecturer in engineering. His interests are in multiphase flow in porous media. Yingfang performs experimental, theoretical and numerical research into many aspects of flow and transport in porous systems, including pore-scale imaging, modelling and analysis of displacement processes, and large-scale simulation using simulation tools.View Yingfang’s profile

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

Masters in Petroleum Engineering

Become a world-class petroleum engineer, ready to take up roles in the upstream oil and gas industry. Join our accredited online MSc in Petroleum Engineering, designed in partnership with industry.View MSc Petroleum Engineering

Masters in Oil and Gas Engineering

Join an accredited online Masters degree delivered from the Energy Capital of Europe. Master the skills and technologies you need to pursue a career in the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry.View MSc Oil and Gas Engineering

Build your learning

We offer a range of specialist online Engineering courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


As a manager, this course will help you to collaborate and gain a deeper understanding of the technical aspects of reservoir engineering.

As an engineer, you’ll develop your knowledge of the petroleum engineering discipline, with a focus on unconventional reservoirs and complex porous media.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. For this course, you’d usually have at least a UK-equivalent:

  • 2:1 (upper-second-class) honours degree in Engineering or Applied Mathematics
  • 2:2 (lower-second-class) honours degree in Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Physics and two years’ relevant experience that supports this level of training
  • or a 2:1 (upper-second-class) honours degree in Geology, Chemistry or Physics and two years’ relevant experience that supports this level of training.

International students

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world. You do not need a visa to study online with us.

This course has no formal entry requirements, so you do not need to provide proof of your qualifications.

However, you should check the entry guidance above to understand the level of teaching delivered. If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check the equivalent teaching level for your country.

English language requirements

Teaching is delivered in English.

You do not have to provide proof of your English language skills to join this course. But we want to make sure that you can use English well enough to study successfully.

At this level of teaching, we recommend the following level of English language proficiency. These are minimum scores:

Duolingo English Test (taken from July 2019)

  • 115 overall
  • 90 in the sub-scores for literacy, conversation, comprehension and production

LanguageCert Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (Listening, Reading, Writing) Communicator B2

  • 33 for listening, reading, speaking and writing

IELTS Academic and IELTS Online

  • 6.5 overall
  • 5.5 for listening, reading and speaking
  • 6.0 for writing

TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition

  • 90 overall
  • 17 for listening
  • 18 for reading
  • 20 for speaking
  • 21 for writing
  • TOEFL DI code is 0818

PTE Academic

  • 62 overall
  • 59 for listening, reading, speaking and writing

Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency

  • 176 overall
  • 162 for listening, reading and speaking
  • 169 for writing

For full information about language requirements, see our English Language Requirements page.IT requirements

You will need access to:

A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on:

  • Windows 8 or later
  • Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) or later.

All our teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper laptop or computer keyboard for completing assignments comfortably.

Reliable internet access

With reasonable download speed. We broadly estimate at least 2Mbps so that you can take part fully in live sessions.

Speakers or headphones

  • A headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
  • A webcam may be desirable for some interactive sessions.


We will give you access to Office365 applications. This means that you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.

If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.

See our detailed IT requirements for more information.Study experience

When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.

But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.

Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.

Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:

  • Be realistic
  • Create a weekly schedule as a guide

If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.Fees and funding

Fee payment

Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.

We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.

Ways to save

You may be able to get help funding this course via:

  • Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
  • discounts – if any discounts are available for this course, they’ll appear in the section below
  • employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors.

Find out more about funding options.

Student card

All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.Discounts

20% Alumni discount

You’re entitled to 20% off our postgraduate taught short courses and degrees if you have a degree from the University of Aberdeen. View full details and eligibility criteria.

Valid for start dates between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2023

Sign in to apply Alumni discount

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